Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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79
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2,427 Ratings
THE BROS
72
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Ratings: 2,427
Reviews: 622
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 46
Gots: 311 | FT: 1
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brought back in 2010

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-10-2008)
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Fahz
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of gtermi
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brownish copper body with a thin head head that quickly fades to just a few bubbles that create a ring around the glass.

S: A strong amount of all spice on the nose and a slight bit of grain and pumpkin.

T: This to me is the best part of the beer. There is a nice amount of pumpkin spice and all spice and even a nice pumpkin pie style flavor as it lingers.

M: A lot of crispness on the tip of the tongue and the back of the throat.. and actually kind of burns going down..

O: This is a nice pumpkin beer and always enjoy a glass of this during the fall.

Photo of Acuity
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Arherring
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of GeckoPunk
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I agree with BarryMFBurton on this one... Copied from him.

I second the fake sweetness is present in this beer, similar to what the Hazel Brown tastes like to me.

Starting basic with pumpkin ales: Sam Adams Harvest. These guys usually set a good benchmark for styles, it seems.

A: A small, fizzy tan head over a translucent body of dark amber; a wonderful color, but a very average head. Retention is very slight, as is lacing.

S: A spiced malt-fest – pumpkin aromas are present, but only under the overwhelming kick of allspice and cinnamon. It resembles the scent of a pumpkin pie candle rather than the actual food, and it’s the first thing you notice; still, it’s pleasant. Medium-strength bready malt on the back, lightly toasted but with a moderate biscuit and grain husk aroma throughout.

T: You can always tell when low-quality additives have been jammed into a beer, and this is one of those times; the allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg give off more of a fake sugar and aspirin flavor rather than a nice, smooth spiciness. The off-flavors extend into the aftertaste, unfortunately, but with an overhang of sweet malts and toasted pie crust that show up toward the finish. Slight moment of nutty flavors in the aftertaste, finally showing a few signs of pumpkin flavors; however, the aspartame tastes end up leaving this with a lingering effect of Diet Coke.

M: Way too carbonated; when you think of pumpkin flavors, it’s all about smooth sweets and rich earthiness. As such, the fizz shouldn’t be too big a feature here, and it feels out of place.

O: Hard to call this one a pumpkin beer; it’s more of a light, spiced ale meant for the fall season. Seems like it’s only up from here, as far as pumpkin beers are concerned.

Photo of anhigdon
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Cylinsier
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a clear ruby orange color with an orangish yellow head at an inch, dissipates to a film.

Smells of sweet pumpkin, yams, brown sugar, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Tastes of mild pumpkin and slight bready malt with some brown sugar and nutmeg.

Medium to thin body with soft carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Looks great, smells great, tastes a little bland. A fairly average pumpkin ale, drinkable and enjoyable, but not very memorable. Would have again, but would prefer a number of other pumpkin ales first. I like their Fat Jack a little better.

Photo of FUwolfpacker
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of TheCondor
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into the pint glass. Part of the Fall seasonal collection.

Appearance - Pours a transparent brown color, like that of oak, with a decent one and a half finger head that slowly recedes into the brew.

Smell - The fact that this was a pumpkin ale could have been detected right here in a blind test. Allspice, brown sugar, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie all coalesce into a tasty smelling brew. Its' a beer that smells like pumpkin pie. What's not to like?

Taste - Same as the nose. The initial hit is malty, but the spices come on strong soon after and stay with you. Again, everything that makes pumpkin pie tasty is in this brew, almost as if you are drinking pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, allspice, clove, etc.

Mouthfeel - Finishes with a bit of the spices, but mostly just a little watery. Medium high carbonation. No hint of bitterness.

Overall - I liked this brew. I know there are much better fall seasonals out there, much better pumpkin ales, etc. But this is a good offering from BBC/SA, and I really like. I would recommend it to all, even those not necessarily in the craft beer scene. Its' a solid fall beer.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Starting basic with pumpkin ales: Sam Adams Harvest. These guys usually set a good benchmark for styles, it seems.

A: A small, fizzy tan head over a translucent body of dark amber; a wonderful color, but a very average head. Retention is very slight, as is lacing.

S: A spiced malt-fest – pumpkin aromas are present, but only under the overwhelming kick of allspice and cinnamon. It resembles the scent of a pumpkin pie candle rather than the actual food, and it’s the first thing you notice; still, it’s pleasant. Medium-strength bready malt on the back, lightly toasted but with a moderate biscuit and grain husk aroma throughout.

T: You can always tell when low-quality additives have been jammed into a beer, and this is one of those times; the allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg give off more of a fake sugar and aspirin flavor rather than a nice, smooth spiciness. The off-flavors extend into the aftertaste, unfortunately, but with an overhang of sweet malts and toasted pie crust that show up toward the finish. Slight moment of nutty flavors in the aftertaste, finally showing a few signs of pumpkin flavors; however, the aspartame tastes end up leaving this with a lingering effect of Diet Coke.

M: Way too carbonated; when you think of pumpkin flavors, it’s all about smooth sweets and rich earthiness. As such, the fizz shouldn’t be too big a feature here, and it feels out of place.

O: Hard to call this one a pumpkin beer; it’s more of a light, spiced ale meant for the fall season. Seems like it’s only up from here, as far as pumpkin beers are concerned.

Photo of broller
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of sethcroisant
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- reddish-copper color with a pedestrian head, but the lacing lasts to the very end

S- BIG cinnamon and allspice on the nose. hardly any pumpkin is detected

T- about what you'd expect after smelling it. lots of the same spice is present right away. again, pumpkin is a no-show. lots of toasted malts are there and stay for a while

O- slightly above average, but really doesn't earn the right to be called a pumpkin beer. tastes like a red ale with some spices shoveled in

Photo of KingBiscuit
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of TheSarge
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good. My first Pumpkin Ale for the year! Can't wait for the nice cool temps of autumn...

Poured this into a standard beer mug that is approximately 18oz in capacity space. The brew makes a large four finger thick head of tan color, and the body is dark copper in color with perfect clarity. Foam retention is pretty good, and lasts for about two minutes, before collapsing into thin lacing.

The aroma is of spices used in making pumpkin pie... Lots of cinnamon and some other earthy aromas, along with a faint vanilla and pumpkin fragrances with some metallic qualities.

The taste is pretty much caramel, some pumpkin and cinnamon, along with maybe even some baby carrot, and overall is pretty earthy.

Feels medium in body, some dryness on the palate but tasty altogether.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of rfgetz
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper tinted brown, minimal cap of off-white head. Scent brings balance between pumpkin pie spices and toffee-like malt sweetness. Taste brings a firm dose of allspice, clove, cinnamon, moderate toffee and bready malts, muted pumpkin taste compared to other aspects of taste, small grassy and herbal hop presence. Medium bodied, slightly creamy. Solid pumpkin ale, heavy on the malt bill and spice, muting pumpkin qualities.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Savarese85
5/5  rDev +43.7%

Photo of pasurfer114
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 2,427 ratings.